Obviously there’s benefit for any access that the IAEA can get, but it doesn’t change the fact that we would consider a satellite launch a violation not only of their UN obligations but of the commitments they made to us.U.S. Department of State spokeswoman Victoria Nuland • Confirming that, while the United States approves of North Korea’s decision to allow independent nuclear monitors from the International Atomic Energy Agency into the country, the government does not condone North Korea’s ambitions for space. The country announced plans to send a satellite into orbit on a rocket earlier Friday morning, with a planned launch window of April 12-16th, while apparently also extending the return invitations to the IAEA. source (via • follow)
» Significant, if “limited”: This result came after a set of talks last week that initially did not seem to go well, but later proved be palatable for the North Koreans. The two countries previously were close to some sort of deal before Kim Jong-il’s death, but the latest development seems to have gone over. “The United States still has profound concerns regarding North Korean behavior across a wide range of areas,” said State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland, ”but today’s announcement reflects important, if limited, progress in addressing some of these.”
I expect the existing ruling elite to follow in the footsteps of my father while keeping the young successor as a symbolic figure. It is difficult to accept a third-generation succession under a normal reasoning.Kim Jong Nam, eldest son of Kim Jong-Il • Remarks made in an email to the Tokyo Shimbun newspaper, on the subject of his young brother Kim Jong-Un’s ascendancy to power in North Korea. It’s worth noting a couple things in his analysis — for one, he was shirked in the Kim line of succession for, of all things, traveling to Japan on a fake passport in an effort to visit Disneyland. As a result, he no longer lives in North Korea, which means he probably can’t be as informed as he once was; North Korea is one of the most opaque nations on earth. However, when a family this bizarre, powerful, and hugely important gets to feuding, it merits attention. source (via • follow)
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Seeing this white snow fall has made me think of the general’s efforts and this brings tears to my eyes.Female soldier Seo Ju-rim, talking about Kim Jong-Il during Wednesday’s funeral procession. A myth around Kim has been his ability to control the weather, so some North Koreans believe that the snow and unusually cold weather is his doing.